I must admit that it doesn't actually take very much to make me cry.
Last week a close friend of ours went into hospital for a (fairly) routine operation. We obviously sent our best wishes and expected to see him back at home the following day. However the operation had complications and he is not too good at the moment. His brain is swollen and as you can imagine he is not himself. This is not good news for anyone at anytime but the week before Christmas and with 3 young children this has hit all of us, not least his family hard.
We wish him and his family well and hope for a speedy recovery.
The second news is much happier. A friend of ours has just had twin baby girls. These were/are very good friends of ours from England. Our keeping in touch has not been the best this year and we didn't even know they were expecting. I am so happy for them, they have a 2 year old boy and now 2 girls. I know the pregnancy was difficult so hope that the babies are kind to them now.
So the happy and sad elements of life.